L.A. Movie Premiere Canceled After Religious Right Filmmaker’s Anti-Gay Past Is Exposed By AU

Christian Action Network President Lies To News Media About Group’s Controversial Fund-Raising Letters

The Los Angeles premiere of a Religious Right group’s film has been canceled after Americans United for Separation of Church and State exposed the organization’s track record of virulently anti-gay rhetoric.

Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament, had been scheduled to attend the premiere of “Islam Rising: Geert Wilders’ Warning to the West,” a film produced by the Christian Action Network (CAN). He canceled after learning about CAN’s record of anti-gay extremism.

Other supporters of the May 1 event have dropped out as well, leading to the premiere’s cancellation.

AU Commends Senate For Rejecting DC School Voucher Proposal

Public Funds Should Not Be Used To Subsidize Religious Schools, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State applauds the Senate's decision today to reject an amendment reauthorizing Washington, D.C.'s controversial school voucher program.

In a 55-42 vote, the Senate shot down Sen. Joseph Lieberman's amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration bill that would have reauthorized the D.C. school voucher program. The voucher plan was intended to only be a five-year experiment when it passed Congress in 2004, but despite being a failure, a few still wanted to see the flawed and disastrous program continue.

AU Warns Tuscaloosa County Commission To Stop Ignoring Records-Request Law

Watchdog Group Is Seeking Information About Sectarian Prayers Before Meetings Of Government Body

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned members of the Tuscaloosa County Commission to abide by the state’s records-request law or face the consequences.

More than a year ago, attorneys with Americans United wrote to the County Commission requesting documents related to the county officials’ practice of opening its meetings with sectarian prayers. There has been no response.

Obama Inaction On Faith-Based Initiative Is Deeply Disappointing, Says AU

Advisory Council Offers Recommendations Today, But Discriminatory Bush-Era Hiring Rules Remain In Place

A presidential advisory council is scheduled to offer recommendations today on the “faith-based” initiative and other issues, but critics say the report is overshadowed by President Barack Obama’s failure to fix problematic Bush-era rules that undercut civil rights and civil liberties.

The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will issue recommendations about the White House faith-based office and a wide range of other issues during a day-long session at the White House.

Senate should Reject Lieberman School Voucher Amendment

Watchdog Group Says Continued Federal Funding For D.C. Religious Schools Undermines Constitution, Hurts Public Education

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate to reject an amendment reauthorizing Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher program.

The District of Columbia voucher plan was initially authorized in 2004 as a five-year experiment. Studies indicate that the program has been academically unsuccessful and marred by problems, but supporters are trying to breathe new life into it.

AU Asks IRS To Investigate Partisan Politicking At Liberty University

Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. And Other University Officials Used School Resources To Endorse House Of Delegates Candidate, Watchdog Group Asserts

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a pattern of partisan politics at Liberty University, asserting that Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. used school resources to intervene in a November House of Delegates election.

Connecticut Schools Discontinue Graduations In Church

Board Upholds Religious Liberty By Becoming Fifth Connecticut School District To Stop Using Religious Venue

The Windsor (Conn.) Board of Education voted late Monday to stop holding public high school graduation ceremonies at a local Christian church. With this decision, all five area school districts that had been holding graduations at the church have voted to halt the practice.

AU Joins Broad Coalition Of Groups Asking Obama To Reform ‘Faith-Based’ Initiative

AU’s Lynn Says President’s Remarks At Prayer Breakfast Give Wrong Impression That Bush Policy’s Constitutional And Civil Rights Flaws Have Been Fixed

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today joined 25 national religious and public policy organizations in a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to make major changes to the “faith-based” initiative.